How to Use Google Scholar
For free, full-text off-campus access to Google Scholar, use and bookmark this link: http://libweb.utsa.edu/login?URL=http://scholar.google.com
Follow the "Available Now @ UTSA" link for instant access to an article. If you don't see the link, fill out our Get It For Me form, and we’ll request the material from another library for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Google Scholar?
- Google Scholar searches for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from many disciplines. Results come from a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, and universities, as well as scholarly articles from the Web. Google Scholar includes full text and citations.
- How do I access Google Scholar from off campus?
- Use the library link to Google Scholar to access subscriptions already paid for by the UTSA Library. If you are off campus, you will be prompted for your myUTSA ID and passphrase. If you do not use the library link for off-campus access, full text may only be available with payment.
- What is the difference between searches in Google, Google Scholar and Google Books? Or, in other words, when should I use Google Scholar?
- Regular Google is great for routine Web searches. You probably already use Google to find business Web sites, news, blogs, current events, basic facts, etc. But Google has other tools for finding more specialized content. With Google Books, you can search the full text of books. In most cases, the entire book is not available online, but Google Books will display brief previews of books on your topic which you can then locate in the Library or purchase from a book store. If scholarly journal articles or technical reports are what you're after, use Google Scholar! Google Scholar searches for peer-reviewed papers, theses, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports from many disciplines.
- If I use Google Scholar, can I just skip using the Library's online databases?
If you do, you may miss some great sources. While Google Scholar links to many online journal articles, it does not link to all of the articles available in the UTSA Library's online databases. In addition, even Google Scholar's own Help page admits that "a great deal of scholarly literature is still offline" and is available only in print. Google Scholar is a great place to start looking for journal articles, but if you are doing in-depth research or a literature review, search the UTSA Libraries databases. Ask Us Anything if you have questions!
- What does "Available Now @ UTSA" mean?
- "Available Now @ UTSA" appears next to search results and links directly to full-text articles available from the UTSA Library.
- How can I get the full text if there isn't a link or if I'm asked to pay?
Are you searching Google Scholar from the UTSA Library web site? When you search from the library site, you can access the full text by entering your last name and Banner ID. Click "Available Now @ UTSA" to see whether we have the full-text article online or in print.
If you do not see the "Available Now @ UTSA" link or simply have a citation for an item from Google Scholar, search the UTSA Libraries catalog, to find it in print or online in one of our databases.
Tip: Remember to search by journal title and not by the title of the article when searching for articles in UCAT.
- How do I find the most recent research on my topic?
Just click on the "Recent articles" link at the topic of the results page once you have completed a search and your results will be re-sorted to display the most recent articles.
- How do I do an advanced search in Google Scholar?
Use the Advanced Scholar Search page to search for a particular author or an article in a particular journal.
- What does "Cited by" mean?
If you click "Cited by," you will get a list of documents that cite your original document. The results are sorted by citation count, which can be a useful way to determine relevance. This list only includes documents available in Google Scholar. To get a complete list, use a citation index such as Web of Science.
- Can I search through my "Cited by" results using additional terms?
Right now Google does not allow you to search through "cited by" results using additional terms. If you enter new terms into the search box and hit enter, it forgets what you were doing and starts over.
There is a way to get around this issue.
First, click on the "Cited by" link beneath the article you're interested in. Then, on the resulting page, look at the URL. It should be something like this:
Select and copy this portion of the portion of the URL, "cites=15426054345747611141"
Now do a new search. In the URL for this results page, add "&" to the end and paste the portion of the previous URL you copied. The URL should now read:
Finally, hit enter (from the address bar, not the search box), and the new search should come up—this will be all articles/books that cite both your original search term, and your new search term.
- What does "Library Search" mean?
"Library Search" appears when you've found a book that is available in a local library. If the UTSA Library owns the book, you'll see a link for the University of Texas at San Antonio that will take you to the record in the library's catalog. You may also see a list of other San Antonio area libraries which own the book.
- What does "Web Search" mean?
This link will take you to Google search results that may include purchase options. Remember to always search the library's holdings first for materials already owned by the library that you can access for free.
- How can I get more help?
- Ask Us Anything